FirstHealth of the Carolinas said a record 37 patients were being treated for COVID-19 on Tuesday across the company’s hospital system.
Coronavirus patients accounted for nearly 11 percent of total hospitalizations for FirstHealth, which operates hospitals in Moore, Hoke, Montgomery and Richmond counties. Emily Sloan, director of public relations for FirstHealth, said most of the patients were being treated at Moore Regional Hospital, the company’s flagship facility in Pinehurst.
Most cases of COVID-19 do not require hospitalization. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that only patients whose “clinical presentation warrants in-patient clinical management for supportive medical care should be admitted to the hospital under appropriate isolation precautions.”
Still, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has cited hospitalizations as a key metric in determining how and when to ease statewide restrictions designed to curb the spread of the virus. Coronavirus-related admissions have been on the rise, with NCDHHS reporting a record 1,244 hospitalizations across the state on Tuesday.
“This trend will take longer to stabilize than other metrics,” Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of NCDHSS, said during an afternoon news conference. “Fortunately, we still have hospital capacity in North Carolina.”